The biggest one is the matchup with the Kentucky Wildcats. Baylor beat Kentucky last year and will be trying to pull off the same feat in the upcoming season. The only problem this year is the fact that the Wildcats will be getting the best recruiting class of all time. That is never an easy thing to go up against even if the young Wildcats do have little experience on their team.
The Bears will also go up against the Colorado Buffaloes and will play in the Maui Invitational. The Buffaloes beat Baylor last season and will have the talent to do so in the upcoming one. This should be a great matchup as both teams are worthy of a top 25 ranking and both should make the NCAA tournament.
The Maui will not be easy as there is a chance that the Bears will have to meet up with the Syracuse Orange. Like most Orange teams, this one will likely enter the season by being ranked in the top 10.
Baylor will be led by its two bigs in the upcoming season. Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson both return. Both averaged eight or more rebounds per game last year and both averaged 13 or more points per game. If the Bears are going to have a shot at anything great in the 2013-14 season, both players are going to have to come up big.
However, Baylor’s biggest concern will be at the point guard position since it will no longer have leading scorer and point guard Pierre Jackson.
There will still be some great non-conference battles on this team’s schedule regardless.